Troops in Iraq to Come Home

By: CNN Email
By: CNN Email

Washington, D.C. 10/22/11 ---

In an address that lasted about seven minutes, President Obama announced the impending end of the nearly-nine year war in Iraq.

Over the next two months, our troops -- tens of thousands of them -- will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. It means about 39-thousand troops will leave Iraq by the end of December.

The U.S. had expected thousands of soldiers would stay to help Iraq security, but a senior military official tells CNN talks broke down when iraq wouldn't guarantee the troops legal immunity.

President Obama says troops will leave with heads held high, proud of their success. The United States is moving forward from a position of strength. Friday's announcement comes more than eight years after then-President Bush stood under a "mission accomplished" banner.

"In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed".

The White House would not make comparisons between the Bush and Obama statements. President Obama says the U.S. will continue to discuss how it might help Iraq train its forces. He says the U.S. has an interest in an Iraq that's stable and self-reliant, even after American troops go home.


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  • by Everybody know everything Location: Tallahassee on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    Everyone seems to know all the answers but not one of you idiots have enough education, common sense or intelligence to run a country. So a plan was devised to pull the troops out was this a planned war where there was an end date no matter the outcome? What I am seeing according to some comments if we didn't accomplish the mission we would have left in the middle of an ongoing WAR because we would loose immunity for our troops, who predicts how long a war will last? It is time to go! Bring our troops home! People of ignorance be thankful that there is an Executive order that is in effect that states our troops WILL be returning to US soil.
  • by Anon on Oct 23, 2011 at 11:41 PM
    We'll back in a couple of years or we'll be fighting a new war in Iran within the same timeframe. Mark it down.
  • by solar power Location: home on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM
    maby we can send bush-mcaine-and the oil man ceo over ther to finish fighting for us oil guzzlers.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:22 PM
    Oh all this lovefest with President Bush is amazing. Don't forget the reason why he got us in this war, (a lie). Don't forget the thousands of young Americans killed and hundreds of thousands forever wounded. How about trillions of taxpayer dollars flushed down the toilet that this country's interstates, bridges, schools, and taxpayers will never see. I voted for Bush TWICE but NEVER will I be fooled again!
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      by you voters are so eaisly fooled on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM in reply to
      busk cant run again anyway. you werea idiot twice. TYPICAL AMERICAN.
  • by Franklin on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Obama is not responsible for bringing troops home from Iraq: President Bush in 2008, signed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which removes all troops from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011. The jug eared one is a fraud.
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      by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM in reply to Franklin
      just like you!!
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        by Jack on Oct 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to conservative democrat
        And the Annointed One is taking credit for Ghaddafi getting sodomized and killed. What a joke.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    George Bush had an agreement with Irag to bring the troops home by the end of 2011. Obama has no choice but to honor the agreement OR the Irag will "not give our military men "immunity"! This is not an Obama decision, it's a George Bush decision, good decision, huh? Maybe so, maybe not, we'll see. And.... you Obama supporters believe he thought this up all by himself, right? No way, just another example of someone telling him what to do, it's on the AGENDA! Who created the AGENDA?
  • by Job well done! Location: Florida on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    President Bush and Obama jointly ordered US troops to be out of Iraq by year's end of 2011. Some private contractors will remain in Iraq but no longer on the backs of the American Taxpayer dime. Watch for more job layoffs by the cancellation of defense government and private miliary contracts which is how a business is ran. Congress will use this savings to pay down our national debt from this costly war.
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      by tom on Oct 23, 2011 at 02:52 PM in reply to Job well done!
      how about 60,000 contractors and yes we are paying for them on the taxpayer dime. blackwater security is not paying them 100k/yr for nothing you know.
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        by proud tax payer on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:09 PM in reply to tom
        no tom we got to rebuild.
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        by conservative democrat on Oct 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM in reply to tom
        republican tea party way, less government more privat sector!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:44 AM
    Obama was not even in the Senate when the war started and did not vote (he was elected in 1998). You published misinformation. Also Obama did vote to continue funding once he became a senator. Ron Paul did vote against the war in Iraq and is the only candidate who will bring all troops home. If you want all troops home you can keep following Obama's good speeches but yet he keeps wars going lead, or you can vote for Ron Paul who will bring all troops home. By the way Obama is bringing most US army troops home but he is replacing them with private soldiers (think Blackwater security). He gets good press saying he is ending the war but really it is still going on but with private US troops instead of regular army troops.
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      by Gerry on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:15 AM in reply to
      Obama was elected to the US Senate in November, 2004.
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        by Jack on Oct 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM in reply to Gerry
        Just to say "present".
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          by Gerry on Oct 25, 2011 at 04:59 AM in reply to Jack
          How many times did Obama vote "present" in the US Senate? Why don't you learn to spell "anointed"?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2011 at 07:14 PM
    Iraq told the US to leave - Iraq would not give our military men "immunity".
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      by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I think if Bush and friends were still president he'd tell Iraq that the U.S. will stay. After the way they were treated for much of the war by the U.S. does it surprise you that Iraq wants us out? How not to run a war: The 1st 6 years of this Iraq war.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 05:53 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I bet if Bush were still president or if McCain won the U.S. would override the Iraqis wishes. Obama finished the job and is getting us out. I hope we learned our lesson and will not vote for another president like Bush who got hoodwinked by the neo-conservatives he surrounded himself with.
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      by Gerry on Oct 23, 2011 at 08:48 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Right. Wikileaks published a cable about an apparent atrocity (war crime) committed by US soldiers in March, 2006. At least 10 people were killed including a woman in her 70s and a 5 month old infant. Then an airstrike was called in to destroy evidence. Autopsies showed the civilian victims had been handcuffed and shot in the head. This cable inflamed public opinion so that it was impossible for the Iraqi government to agree to immunity for US troops.
  • by Janet Location: Thomasville on Oct 22, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    Thank You Mr. President for fixing the mess that President Bush handed to you and getting us out. Also, thank you President Obama for trying to fix the mismanaged and neglected Afghan war that also was handed to you. Lastly, thanks for not listening to John McCain and other knee-jerkers by not going into Libya alone. You made other allied countries pull their weight. We need you for four more years!
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      by Reagan Republican on Oct 22, 2011 at 09:51 PM in reply to Janet
      @ Janet: We are all very pleased that Pres. Obama honored the agreement between Pres. Bush and the Irag Govt. to bring our troops home by 2011! However, you neglect to realize that H. Clinton had a major role in the decisions about Libya, Afghan. & Iraq. We need growth in the economy and jobs not GOVERNMENT SOCIALISM. Just ask Pres. Bill Clinton... Women were the voting block that made it possible for Pres. Obama to get elected. This will NOT happen again by any of my Democrat female friends. Please join them and vote against Pres. Obama for the sake of your family and this country! btw H. Clinton was thrown under the bus by the leaders in the DNC and it was a disgrace how she was treated.
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      by tom on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:42 AM in reply to Janet
      I bet Janet is a Democrat. All credit to Obama and all blame on Bush. We should not be the police force of any country regardless of who the president is. Obama has not ended the war in Iraq but has "conveniently" replaced US Army troops with Blackwater security troops. He expanded the war in Afghanistan. He started a war with Libya WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL, he has not closed Gitmo. All broken campaign promises. If you are truly for bringing ALL troops home and ending ALL WARS, you will vote for the presidential candidate who actually voted against the Iraqi invasion to begin with......Ron Paul the only candidate who will end all wars and bring all troops home private and enlisted.
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      by off course on Oct 23, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to Janet
      Obama is grasping for votes. What has he done for you in the last 3 years? He has many leaders in other countries killed so he can take over as the world leader. Watch and wait.
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      by just saying on Oct 23, 2011 at 01:11 PM in reply to Janet
      He made have done good BUT,NO WAY FOR 4 MORE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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